Psychology

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To compensate for unmet social needs, people project lifelike qualities onto objects to feel connected. But this doesn’t fully meet people’s needs, so they collect more and more objects.

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To give the best chance for science to have an impact, we need to present our arguments to the public in the most convincing ways we have available. Applied psychology can help.

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UNSW research should encourage schools and even nursing homes to consider adopting exercise routines to assist memory.

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When thinking about its causes, it’s important to remember depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, and even a disease, writes Gordon Parker.

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In the era of fake news, lightning-quick news cycles and algorithm-determined social media feeds only make matters worse, writes Rachel Visontay.

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Survivors of traumatic brain injuries might have behavioural issues or have problems holding down a job for years after a blow to the head or a bad fall, write Travis Wearne and Emily Trimmer.

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In this public talk six years after the publication of his bestselling book, scientist Steven Pinker returns to the topic of violence to examine why people mistakenly believe the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

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As retirement looms for elite sportspeople, there is a need to prepare for the transition to post-sport life. But there are important things to consider long before this, writes Andrew Martin.

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Female popular musicians die younger – and from more unnatural causes like suicide, homicide and accidents – than women in the general population, write Dianna Theadora Kenny and Anthony Asher.

Tom Frame

Even the most stable moral compass can be damaged by war. UNSW Canberra researcher Tom Frame explains the inner injury that arises when good people witness terrible things.

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